Back to School with Technology

This post in in partnership with U.S. Cellular. My girls are firmly into their second week of school and I feel that finally, in fourth grade, we have this back to school thing down. The routines are running smoothly. Lunches are getting eaten (even with the new food restrictions.) And they have been on time EVERY SINGLE DAY. One thing that threw me for a loop though, was the amount of tech this year. They have always had iPads in their classroom and email is the preferred school communication method. But we are definitely stepping up into the big time in 4th grade. Apps are a required part of learning and teachers are using everything from FB groups to websites. It'd definitely time for us to update our parent/child technology agreement (download yours here., it's a lifesaver!) If you are in the same boat and are thinking about purchasing some new devices or just need some insight on how to integrate technology into your child's life, read on. … [Read more...]

An Easy Way to Keep your Family Safe

It's the end of July—smack in the middle of summer. The heat is making everyone sleepy which means it's prime time for at home mishaps. If disaster does strike and you have to call 911 for help are calling from a cell phone or a landline? And does it make any difference? Surprisingly, the answer is yes. According to an investigation by the USA Today, the chances of 911 dispatchers being able to find you based on your cell phone's GPS can be as low as 10% in some parts of the country. With a significant share of cell phone-to-911 calls being placed from within residences—and 45% of Americans opting out of landline coverage at home—countless people are left vulnerable in emergencies. The question then becomes not why you should have a landline in the home, but why haven't you gotten one yet? In the spirit of keeping you and your family safe, I recently partnered with Ooma the leading Internet home phone service with reliable 911 technology to deliver three tips for keeping … [Read more...]

What to do When Your Phone Takes a Dip

There's nothing worse than that split moment in between you dropping your phone and it landing in water. But wet cell phones may be salvageable. The key to success is acting quickly, using solutions that have been proven effective, and avoiding behavior that might cause further damage. The key to success is act quickly to avoid further damage. What to do first if you drop your phone in the water... don’t panic, and retrieve the phone as soon as possible. Many people worry that contacts, photos and other data may be gone forever. Their first reaction is to frantically press all the buttons, attempt to fix it with a hair dryer, or even stick it in the oven to dry. Don't give into this temptation! Act fast by getting it out of the water right away. The longer it’s submerged in liquid, the more likely it is to be irrevocably damaged.Next take out the battery and resist the urge to “test” the phone to see if it still works by turning it on and off. Pressing the screen and buttons … [Read more...]

How to Make Anything Taste Better : Butter and Cheese

Have you heard that butter is back? Many of us (myself included) eat butter and cheese almost everyday. But we often forget to consider that many butters contain additives (such as growth hormones, preservatives, and dyes) that can be harmful to us and our families. I was recently sent a package from Finlandia Cheese a brand that has been crafting some of the highest quality all-natural and hormone-free cheese and butter for over a century. Imported from Finland using milk produced by well-cared-for cows, Finlandia Butter is rich and creamy. It's nothing like any butter you've ever tasted. And you could eat Finlandia Cheese straight from the package—no crackers needed. Life moves fast, and most of us don't have time to research every single product we consume. However, when it comes to products like cheese and butter, which we eat almost everyday, it makes a big difference to be aware of what we're putting into our bodies. Finlandia Butter is made from pure, … [Read more...]

My Anywhere with U.S. Cellular

(This post is in partnership with U.S. Cellular. Thank you for supporting the companies that support this blog.) As you enjoy the first official weekend of the summer, I encourage you to capture the moments. I am realizing how few pictures I end up taking of us out and about. Which is totally ridiculous considering that my iPhone takes better pictures than most of the cameras I have owned. It's time to put that camera to good use! And now through Sunday you can use those photos to enter the #MyAnywhere photo contest. This summer, U.S. Cellular is encouraging customers to share photos of the places they love most by showing just how beautiful ‘anywhere’ can be. Share photos of your ‘anywhere’ on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using #MyAnywhere and tagging @uscellular through June 26 for the chance to win weekly prizes and a grand prize trip for four to anywhere in the United States. (Select photos from the contest may be used in U.S. Cellular TV advertising launching later in … [Read more...]

National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

This sponsored post is in partnership with U.S. Cellular. Wow! April flew by! I am finishing up the month at the Mom2 Summit which is amazing. But I wanted to take some time to note that April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and I challenged myself to break up with my mobile in the car habit. I love my iPhone, but it doesn't need to be in my hand at all times. Sometimes, it's as simple as putting it in my purse before I set my purse on the floor of the car. But for times when I am purseless, I have been using the following tips from U.S. Cellular as well. Read on! … [Read more...]

Hello I’m Broken, Maybe You Are Too?

Earlier this year, I started noticing a mom at drop off. She has just the style I thought I would have as a mom and just the parenting attitude with her adorable daughter I thought I would with my own girls. As I dragged my kids up the hill morning after morning, I looked at her apparent perfection and went home and cried. If this was a "mom-lit" book, we would bond over some silly thing. Maybe her kid trips and I pull a bandaid out of my purse (a highly unlikely scenario being as I never have bandaids, or a purse.) We would chat and become the best of friends. But in real life, I just fetishize her life from afar as I do yet another morning walk of shame in pajamas. This came to mind yesterday as I instagrammed a picture of my view from the top of a cliff on the California coast. As I posted, I thought about how perfect it looked, a casual afternoon overlooking the ocean. But in the picture, you can not see the tears coming down my cheeks. How much easier would it be if we … [Read more...]

Spring Trends 2016

Happy Spring! It's raining and cold here lately but I am stubbornly keeping my windows open and my Spring clothes on. Soon to be prominent in my rotation are the lovely shoes posted above! My friend sent them over the pond for my fortieth birthday and I am love. She's must more fashionable than me and with one gift of shoes, managed to make me up my game for some more Spring trends. Here's what "in" this Spring: Off the Shoulder Updated White Shirt Daytime Lingerie Pleats Ruffles Stripes 90's inspired Wraps Romantic Ties   Those strike throughs? Aren't happening for me. I don't wear anything that requires a special bra (off the shoulder) and anything I wore the first time (nineties). Also, I don't iron (pleats). But the others, yeah. Even daytime lingerie in the form of some silk pajama pants. I am planning on working all of these into my everyday style wearing those awesome shoes whenever possible! Check out my mood board below the cut alone … [Read more...]

The Best Box for Food Loving Cooks

In just a couple of weeks I'll be reviewing the new MARY's secret ingredients box . I loved my … [Read more...]

Simple Italian Pot Roast

Somehow pot roast always ends up befuddling me. I buy it on sale and then it sits in the fridge staring at me, just daring me to make it. "Kate, you know you are going to dry me out!" it coos whenever I dare reach for it. So for this #PinterestRemakes challenge, I decided to tackle one of the many many Italian pot roast recipes I have pinned over the years. The problem is that so many of them seem to be meat only. And I am lazy. So I wanted to incorporate a veggie too. That way it's a complete meal. Read on for my simple Italian pot roast recipe. … [Read more...]